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2015 Lexus RC F: Throwing Shapes With the Fun Meter

July 7, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Many cars today come with gauges that encourage you to drive in a fuel-conscious manner. The dash on the Nissan Leaf grows trees, while our long-term BMW i3 gives you a letter grade. But our 2015 Lexus RC F has something different, something we're seeing in more new sports cars: A fun meter.

Or at least that's what I call it. "It" is a display that logs peak lateral and longitudinal g-forces. See that little yellow circle? When you accelerate, it moves back. When you brake, it goes forward. When you turn left and right, it does the same. The harder you do these things, the more that yellow circle moves.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Great Audio, Terrible Interface

May 19, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Say what you will about the Lexus RC F, but it's hard to argue that it doesn't make great noises. No, I'm not talking about the big V8's burble and howl. This time I'm referring to the 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio upgrade which, bundled with navigation, adds $2,840 to the price.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Remote Touch Interface Is Innovative, But Inferior

May 14, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

We've had a couple updates so far about the technology interface in our 2015 Lexus RC F. Early on, Ed contended that the latest Remote Touch touchpad system in our car was an improvement over earlier Lexus systems such as in our long-term GS and IS. Then about six weeks ago, James drove our RC F to Arizona and found Remote Touch to be "terrible."

I drove our RC F and used the system for more than a week. Here's my take.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Drive Modes Change Gauge Themes (Video)

April 9, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

The 2015 Lexus RC F has four drive modes that alter its acceleration and change the look of the LCD gauges. The speedometer on the right is analog and remains consistent throughout all modes. It isn't very useful though, since the numbers are small and aren't really in your line of sight.

I can't really comment on the nuances of the drive modes since I don't have a road test background, but I will say this: When you're driving in "Normal" mode, it doesn't feel like the car has 467 horsepower. The RC F doesn't drive like you think it would until you're in "Sport S+," the highest setting.  I think Sport S+ also has the best gauge layout, partly because it reminds me of the Lexus LFA gauges. Well, a slightly less cool version.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Learnings From an Arizona Road Trip

March 25, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

The 2015 Lexus RC F should be a prime candidate for road trips. Obviously not with kids or bulky leisure equipment in tow, but for the type of two-person, plus-maybe-a-pet-or-two vacations I take, a luxury coupe is just about the perfect choice. You know, like this luxury coupe. But does the RC F deliver as expected? To find out, I set out with my dog Maggie to visit my folks in Arizona.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Improved Touchpad Interface

February 11, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Our 2015 Lexus RC F has what Lexus calls a "Remote Touchpad" to control the navigation system and various other functions. It's a further evolution of the mouse-like device we had in our 2013 GS 350 sedan.

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